Isaiah 36: Why Is God Different?
In Isaiah 36, we have a declaration from the spokesman of the King of Assyria talking to the people of Jerusalem. At the end of his speech, he ends with this statement.
Isa 36:18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
Isa 36:19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
Isa 36:20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
This kind of like what we hear all the time today. “Oh, you are Christian? Why do you pick Jehovah God? What about Thor?”
The challenge really isn’t all that much different. Hezekiah was the King of Judah, and he was a very godly man. The spokesman from Assyria thought that was ridiculous. No other god had stood in the way of his country’s mighty army, so why would this be any different?
History proves that it was a little bit different. Jerusalem was never conquered by the Assyrian army, and maybe that can tell us something. Maybe the evidence has something to say.
In a similar fashion, when people ask us today why we pick to follow the God of the Bible, we can affirm that the God of the Bible is different. There are many reasons to believe that, but in my opinion, the most compelling evidence comes from history. We have stories like this from the Bible, but they are more than just stories. Archaeology continually agrees with what the Bible has to say. That is powerful evidence because if the writers of the Bible took the time to get minor details right, how much more careful would they be with the material that was actually the point of writing?
There is something different about the God of the Bible.